So You Wanna Quit Your Job But Haven’t Won The Lottery

Sometimes you need more than money for the winning formula. Three qualities you need to possess to fulfill your dream and quit your job

Whenever I tell people that I am “retired”, I get the same response, “It must be nice”. Most of the time I know their statement is sarcastic in nature and rooted in curiosity. I usually will follow-up with how and why I quit my job over a year ago but I can tell they are not listening by the glazed over look in their eyes. Especially if I explain “that you too can quit your job.”

The perception is that I am rolling in money. In fact, I am not. We went from a two full-time income family to one and believe me, we feel it at times. Yes, money is a huge factor in having the opportunity and means to quit your job but I believe that in order to successfully transition away from traditional employment, you must possess 3 qualities.

Hint: Extreme hate for one’s job is not enough.

 Sometimes you need more than money for the winning formula. Three qualities you need to possess to fulfil your dream and quit your job

Sometimes you need more than money for the winning formula. Three qualities you need to possess to fulfill your dream and quit your job

3 Must Have Traits You Need To Possess To Fulfill Your Dream And Quit Your Job

1. Passionate

The ultimate focus of not working for “the man” should be a goal or purpose. If you simply enjoy sitting at home watching TV and eating bonbons, you will never sustain the will and stamina to make it without a steady pay check.

You must have passion. And it has to run much deeper than “I like gardening, travelling or painting, etc.”. Your thirst must be an absolutely, all-consuming desire to follow your passion. You must be willing to put that one aspiration above your other lifestyle choices.

The same can be said for a new mother that wishes to become a stay at home mom and not return to work. The focus of being there for your child everyday must be strong enough to curtail any roadblocks that will take away from the goal.

If you don’t have a passion in your life, I urge you to go out and try new things right now. Find out what would proffer you happiness to do everyday for the rest of your life.

 

2. Strong decision-making skills

Once you make the determination to quit your job, you will be faced with many more decisions. You have to become extremely radical in being able to decipher between your needs and your wants.

Initially, and maybe for the remainder of your life, you will be faced with a huge decrease in income. If you can not give up some of the frills in your life, your passion is not strong enough.

Believe it or not but cable, cell phone, new gadgets, cars, take out dinners, size of your accommodations, etc. are all wants. You do not need them to survive. If these things fall into the need column for you, again, you are not passionate enough about your focus. If you were, it would be easy to choose the passion over the things.

3. Persistence
Decisions are empty without action. You must cut and eliminate those wants. It is extremely hard. Believe me I know. But you must be persistent in your follow thru.

You will have good days when it is easy and bad days when you fall off the wagon, so to speak. Don’t beat yourself up about it but get back on track as quickly as you can.

Bottom line, it always comes back to passion. It IS the foundation that builds your success. I have met people who will live like paupers to stay at home with their children, write a book or be able to travel. Find your passion.

It is amazing how passion (#1), can make decisions easier (#2) and fuel your follow thru(#3).

I understand that for many of you, not having enough money even for the necessities, stops you from being able to quit your job. I realize that. You can, however, start the process.

Check out my post about starting a budget in midlife here.

Find your passion, make choices, follow thru and eliminate things now while you are still working. Pay down that debt, save some money, plan and take steps towards your goal of quitting your job.

Please click here to see my post that outlines the details on what changes I made to my budget that allowed me to quit my job to become a stay at home, full-time blogger.

Do you have a passion? What are you willing to give up today so that you can quit your job tomorrow?

 


 

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17 thoughts on “So You Wanna Quit Your Job But Haven’t Won The Lottery

  1. Great post Elena! I loved the title, we always joke at work about having the winning ticket! I’ve started my blog and it’s not always easy to balance both, but having some small successes and continuing to feed my passion!

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  2. Great post! This is really straight-forward what you need to hear type of advice. It all comes down to values and trade-offs. I quit my job almost 10 months ago now to pursue more fulfilling work, and your points (Passion, decision making, and persistence) are spot on based on my experience so far. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I’m so glad I found this, I am actually quitting my job and next week is my final week. The Hubster and I recently purchased a very affordable home, and very small based on the looks my friends give us. But we’d rather live within our one income means in order for me to follow my passion for writing. I have all three traits you mentioned and that is a small bit of relief to the negative nelly riding on my left shoulder.

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  4. This is all so true – I think society tells us we need way more than we do to have a nice life. Once the kids are gone and the mortgage is under control we really need very little to keep the wolves from the door. I’m loving not working as much and having more time to breathe. ~ Leanne

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  5. What great, practical advice! I went out on my own 20 years ago and have never looked back. Not sure I consciously embodied these three traits when I left my corporate job but, in retrospect, can understand that they’re what enabled me to be successfully self-employed for this long. I’m looking forward to your next post with the how-to!

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  6. Elena, you did not quit your job – you just changed jobs. You were wise to make this change at a time of your life when your own and family responsibilities and accountabilities are secure – almost an empty nester with the roof over your head and food on the table assured. Anyone launching out on their own learns that even a talent requires hard work, lots of hard work and long hours to follow their dream. I enjoy our connection and even mentioned it in my latest blog http://katespencer17.com/2015/08/04/lovely-blog-award/ . Have a happy day. 🙂

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  7. Thanks for a great read Elena. I’ve been so wishy-washy about my passion, and I stopped working 4 years ago. I seem to let my self get side-tracked t0o easily, and the domino effect of that is my focus stays in sidetracked mode. I’m seriously going to post your 1,2,3 phrase in my office tomorrow!

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  8. I’ve cut out a lot. But it’s surprising how much less I need to live one since now my kids are out on their own, I now eat less ’cause I’m older and I’ve downsized now that I’m single.

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    1. 4. Kick kids out. lol I should add that. Most people could live with less, they just can’t see that they don’t want to. I’m so happy you are making it work!

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